BMW has taken the wraps off the new 225xe plug-in hybrid.

Based on the 2-Series Active Tourer, the 225xe has a familiar design but features a high-tech powertrain that consists of a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder engine, an electric motor and a 7.7 kWh lithium-ion battery.

The engine powers the front wheels and produces 136 PS (100 kW) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque.  The rear wheels, on the other hand, are powered by an electric motor that develops 88 PS (65 kW) and 165 Nm (122 lb-ft) of torque.  They can operate independently or together and in the latter state the all-wheel drive model produces a combined maximum output of 224 PS (165 kW) and 385 Nm (284 lb-ft) of torque.

Those numbers don't sound terribly impressive but the model can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds, hit a top speed of 202 km/h (126 mph) and average 2.0 – 2.1 L/100 km (134.5–141.2 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 46-49 g/km.  The car can also been driven on electricity alone for up to 41 km (25 miles) at speeds up to 125 km/h (78 mph).

The BMW 225xe will go into production later this year and German pricing starts at €37,800.

Gallery: BMW 225xe packs a high-tech powertrain into a 2-Series Active Tourer body

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